This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees and berry bushes, chickens and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Late autumn garden

I've started picking things up in preparation of winter. I pulled up the cucumber vines and put away their trellis. I pulled up the basil roots and removed the old bean plants and old lettuce. Not much is left. Mostly just the tomatoes and pole beans to remove when we get a frost warning. In the bed that is empty, I scattered winter rye as a cover crop for the winter. This will add nutrients and will look nice over the winter. I also put up my rusty old metal scarecrow. The little gnome is still out there. I moved him into a patch of red and yellow chard and young lettuce that I planted in early September, in hopes it will keep growing for a while yet.


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